The Southeastern School Behavioral Health Community seeks to
promote student academic & personal success by reducing barriers to learning and supporting the needs of all youth and families in the southeast.
Why We Do What We Do
In the United States (US), emotional/behavioral (EB) problems in children and youth represent one of the most significant unmet healthcare needs, with 1 in 5 students presenting challenging problems, but less than half of these youth receiving any services (Burns et al., 1995; Merikangas et al., 2010; President’s New Freedom Commission, 2003). Within schools, initiatives focusing on positive psychology such as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and expanded school mental health (SMH) can greatly assist in addressing unmet needs. Unfortunately, clinicians, counselors, researchers, and administrators have operated separately and missed associated opportunities for more coordinated and comprehensive intervention and research efforts.
For the past 8 years, the SSBHC and collaborators have been working to join together school mental health and behavioral health initiatives through the Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) for SMH and PBIS, including developing a widely disseminating monograph (Barrett,Eber, & Weist, 2013) and the focus of a large scale randomized controlled trial funded by the National Institute of Justice. In addition, the ISF is the foundation of training and ongoing collaboration through the SSBH Community, including three state-wide conferences held in 2014 (Columbia), 2015 (Charleston), and 2016 (Myrtle Beach). The work of the Community has been bolstered by a recent (2016) grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) focused on significant involvement of patients (youth and families experiencing EB challenges) and other stakeholders (e.g., clinicians, educators, staff and leaders from child welfare, juvenile justice, disabilities, primary healthcare) in driving research, practice, policy and dissemination efforts to improve SBH and its positive impacts for students, families and schools in the southeastern region.
In 2017, research forums are being held throughout the state garnering further input from SMH stakeholders and patients.
The Southeastern School
Behavioral Health Community
The University of South Carolina
School Behavioral Health Team
APRIL 19 & 20, 2018